Rhode Island Casino Specs With Gambling History

BRIEF Rhode Island Gambling History

Rhode Island Casino Specs and History begins with a different start from their northern neighbors. Massachusetts kicked out Rhode Island’s Puritanical founding father, Roger Williams, for spreading “dangerous opinions.” He landed in Rhode Island, where citizens could be free to live their lives according to personal conviction. 

According to GamblingSites.com, Rhode Island “became home to a thriving lottery. Towns and villages used the collected profits to fund building projects and trade missions. The Masonic lodge and other community organizations supervised lotteries. As a result, they funded much of Rhode Island’s early colonial development throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The late 1800s saw a state constitution, and state laws banned lotteries and gambling in any form.

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Twin River as Lincoln Park before Major Expansion

Horse racing (1930), Greyhound racing, and a lottery (1970) eventually made pari-mutuel wagering legal. In 1992, Rhode Island approved VLT gaming machines (class II) at Lincoln Greyhound Park & Newport Jai Alai.

Twin River Casino Arrives

In 2007, Lincoln Greyhound Park became Twin River Casino with class III gaming. Newport Grand soon followed, redesigning without Jai-Alai. A major expansion in 2007 included class III VLT’s, more like standard Vegas-style slot machines.

Facing competition from Foxwoods in CT, table games were approved for Twin River casino in 2012.  Newport’s city refused to allow table games at Newport Grand, which resulted in the property closing its doors. Soon after, they moved operations to a new casino/hotel in Tiverton.

Twin River Holdings Group Expansion since 2012

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Twin River Casino
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Tiverton Casino/ Hotel.

Current Legal Types Of Gambling

Casino Games: Las Vegas-style games offered at both Twin River & Tiverton. Both casinos offer Table games.

Live Poker: Twin River has a poker room.

Sports Betting: As of November 2018, Rhode Island allows sports betting. In early 2019, lawmakers expanded legal sports betting to include online and mobile betting. Rhode Island will soon have mobile sports betting.

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Lottery Betting: The State lottery in Rhode Island includes Keno games with their own instant gambling type games. This is a powerful part of the state revenue.

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Please note – some numbers may not be accurate at this time due to changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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